Mobile Living Made Easy! Millions of people around the world use Dometic products and now you can join the club while keeping cool.
Brad chats to Angie about their new Harrier Inverter Air-conditioner.
The new Dometic Harrier Inverter raises the bar in efficiency and power for rooftop air conditioners. The Harrier Inverter has a variable speed compressor that is quiet when running at maximum speed and has a powerful cooling capacity which features:
- REMOTE CONTROL
- OSCILLATING VENTS
- LED LIGHTS
- 3.1 KILOWATT COOLING CAPACITY
- 2.8 KILOWATT HEATING CAPACITY
Brad also introduces the RMDX25 3-way Absorption Refrigerator.
The RMDX25 absorption refrigerator is purpose-built for excellent cooling performance in all conditions. An evolution of its predecessors, the RMDX25 provides reliable refrigeration for RV owners. The included Tropical cooling unit features a large evaporator and an optimised gas heat exchanger, which results in superior cooling performance in both the refrigerator and freezer cabinets which features:
- LARGE CAPACITY – 190L
- STYLISH INTERIOR
- LED LIGHTING
- WEIGHS 41.5KG
- PROVIDES AND EXTREME PERFORMANCE
If you are interested in learning more on Dometic visit their website!
Amazing is the best way of describing the advancement in technology these days. In the “bad old days” we used a hydrometer to draw acid from the battery and check the float inside the hydrometer to see if the battery was charged or not. The next thing we had was a voltmeter that, when connected to the battery terminals, would give an approximate level of the volts held within.
Then an ammeter gave us an indication of load as well as the volts within. All progressively good, but just how accurate were they?
BMPRO have just released their new Battery Check. It’s as simple as attaching one side to the negative pole, the other lead to the positive pole, download the app for your mobile and you’re in business.
Yes, that’s right, an app that gives you all of the details you require to be able to keep a check on your battery setup. Amps out, voltage level, estimated time remaining, temperature, state of charge, battery health and status (charging or discharging.)
Temperature? You ask. Yes, it is large variation in temperature in batteries will not only shorten the life but will kill that battery
All the information you could ever need. Installation takes less than ten minutes by the great instruction book that comes in the kit. There is an extra battery terminal for those with multiple leads coming off your present setup and some cushioning pads, that stick under the monitor on top of the battery. The diagrammatical description shows exactly what to expect at whatever stage of installation you are at. Great.
This BMPRO battery check is ONLY for installation on your house battery set up though and NOT for use on cranking batteries. This whole system makes a great talking point at happy hour or around the fire pit.
BMPRO battery check can be purchased online at
As a keen 4x4er and offroad traveller, I value the importance of being prepared for my adventures. Having the right gear on board can be the difference between enjoying my trip or being stranded and at worst putting me and my family at risk.
We have seen it all so often, particularly on beaches- drivers cruise out on the beach with full tyre pressures and as soon as they hit some softer sand they bog down and become stuck. Its easy to do and no matter how good a driver you are or how equipped your 4×4 is- it still happens! Even if you have done all the right things.
Basic recovery gear is a snatch strap, some rated bow shackles, a shovel etc. These will usually get you out of most situations, providing you have another vehicle to assist. But what if you dont? What if you are the only car on the beach or you find yourself stuck when touring in remote areas?
This is where a set of TRED recovery boards are one of the best investments you can have and carry with you on your adventures. The idea is simple but the design is very clever.
You may have seen them around, their bright colours usually mean you cant miss them.
From the TRED 4×4 Website:
TRED is the ultimate all-in-one off road recovery device, specially designed to get your four-wheel drive, ATV and equipment out of trouble when traction is lost in sand, mud, sludge, slime or snow. Engineered and manufactured in Australia from only the highest quality materials, TREDs are designed to handle intense levels of torque, flex, weight and impact. Intense reviews of every fine detail in the design process make TRED the best choice for your recovery. With a designated shovel feature, extreme hex grip nodules, aggressive ramp entry teeth and ultimate wear resistant properties, TRED will allow you to explore with confidence, without letting traction disrupt your journey.TRED is available in two sizes to ensure storage and accessibility is never an issue. Driving as a single vehicle/operator with TRED ensures you can get unstuck even on solo adventures. TRED are an essential piece of equipment for your off road recovery kit. From full scale recovery for the serious off road tourer to recreational family trips, or even commercial applications including mining and industrial, TRED is being tested with impressive results across all usage types.TRED can eliminate the hazardous practices of other vehicle recovery options involving highly stressed components such as steel cables, shackles, snatch straps and winches, keeping you, your family and your vehicle safe.A set of TREDs on board can save you all important time and money and also eliminate safety risks.
Available in 2 sizes- 800mm and 1100mm and a range of colours.
Simply one of the best investments you can have.
Unfortunately we have read and seen news reports of those who have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and most recent events included three people in a motor home.
More fortunate was a couple in a caravan in Victoria. It was early in the morning when the husband awoke to a strange odour, and when he went to wake his wife who was also an asthmatic, he found he couldn’t. He managed to get her out of the van and seek help. Fortunately she survived.
So, what is carbon monoxide? Carbon Monoxide or CO, is an odourless, colourless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. It is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned by breathing it.
The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. High levels of CO inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and death. Unless suspected, CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms.
Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors. Although these heaters don’t have a flame, they burn gas and can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, caravan, motor home or camper. If you smell an odour from your gas refrigerator’s cooling unit have an expert service it. An odour from the cooling unit of your gas refrigerator can mean you have a defect in the cooling unit. It could also be giving off CO. When purchasing gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency, such as the CSA Group.
So, how can you avoid this problem while caravanning or even in your own home? While I have been aware for a long time of smoke alarms, I admit I was not aware that a unique carbon monoxide detector was available at a very reasonable cost.
Quell, a division of Chubb Fire & Security, manufacture this great digital carbon monoxide alarm which is very easily set up in your caravan, motor home and in your home. Quell also have a dual smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, so, if you haven’t installed a smoke alarm as yet, serious consideration should also be given to this one.
Recently, I was telling a couple of caravan friends about these great life saving alarms, and they asked where it should be mounted in either a van or at home. Quell’s ‘User Guide’ recommends the following for installation:-
- Place the alarm at least two metres from fuel burning appliances, and not more than four metres away.
- Away from draughts, such as door and windows.
- Within hearing distance of bedrooms. If a heating appliance is in the bedroom, place the alarm at sleeping height.
- If wall mounting, install at eye level (approx 1.5m) and at least 30cm from adjoining walls or ceiling.
- If free standing, the unit should be placed no more than 1-metre from the ground so as to avoid permanent damage if accidentally knocked.
Quell carbon monoxide detectors are available at a very moderate cost from most leading hardware retail outlets. They also come with a 10-years warranty, are very easy to install and use and no wiring is needed.
If you would like more information on the Quell carbon monoxide or smoke detectors visit their web site at www.quell.com.au